ABOUT PREPARE NORCALThe San Francisco Bay Area is a region that is highly vulnerable to natural hazards like earthquakes, wildfires, and severe weather. ABC7 has gathered resources and tips to make it easier for you to access preparedness information all in one place. When a flash flood warning is issued or if you think it has already started, evacuate immediately.
If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library - even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. If you are on the beach or other low-lying area close to the ocean or bay, immediately evacuate by walking to higher ground. If officials issue a tsunami warning and order evacuations, you hear the Outdoor Warning System, the earth shakes so much that you can't stand, shaking lasts longer than 20 seconds, or you notice water receding from the shoreline, walk to higher ground immediately. SAFE WATER SOURCES IN THE HOMEIf you do not have enough water stored, there are sources in your home that may provide safe, clean water for drinking purposes: the water drained from the water heater faucet (if the water heater has not been damaged), water dipped from the tank of the toilet (not the bowl - the water in the bowl can be used for pets) or melted ice cubes. If you have to walk through water, use a stick to check the firmness of the ground ahead of you.
If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground. DAMAGING HAIL, THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNINGIf you are indoors when a storm with large hailstones strikes, stay there. Because large pieces of hail can shatter windows, close your drapes, blinds or window shades to prevent the wind from blowing broken glass inside. The overall probability of a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake striking the Greater Bay Area in the next 30 years is 63 percent. Preparing now will help you survive and recover and get back to normal after the next damaging earthquake.CEA's new alliance with the American Red Cross can help you take simple steps to be ready when the time comes-- We're in this together, Northern California, so get prepared!
Start building your kit with this detailed list of supplies and make sure you have the Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklist.MAKE A PLANIdentify out-of-area emergency contacts.


Write your plan on an emergency contact card and store in your phone along with important numbers for emergency resources in your area. Use the tips in this guide to start making your plan!BE INFORMEDDiscuss how to prepare and safely respond to the emergencies most likely to happen where you live, work and play.
Make sure know how the notification systems in your area work.EARTHQUAKE INSURANCEMost residential insurance policies do not cover earthquake damage - a separate earthquake policy is required. Without earthquake insurance to help cover the costs of repairs and other expenses that come with catastrophic damage, you will pay out-of-pocket to fix your home, to replace your personal property, and to live and eat elsewhere.
Five reasons to buy:If your home suffers catastrophic earthquake damage, the CEA can provide you with the strength to rebuild. With nearly $10 billion in claim-paying power, supported by the service expertise of its participating insurance companies, the CEA could cover all of its claims if the 1906 San Francisco, 1989 Loma Prieta, or 1994 Northridge earthquake reoccurred today.Excellent financial ratings. CEA rates are based on the best available science for assessing earthquake risk and do not include any amount for profit.Not tied to government budgets.
California's budget issues have no impact on the CEA's ability to pay its claims, because the CEA is a privately financed entity and receives no money through the state budget.Without earthquake insurance, the cost of any damage is your cost. If your CEA policy claim exceeds your deductible, you don't actually have to pay the deductible before claim-payment eligibility is triggered.Read more about CEA earthquake insurance policies and premiums and to see a list of insurance companies that sell CEA earthquake insurance.
PRACTICE HOW TO DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON During an earthquake, know how to drop to the ground, take cover under sturdy furniture, and hold on to that furniture until after the shaking stops. Learn about Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, annual opportunities to practice what to do during an earthquake.SECURE YOUR HOME'S STRUCTURE AND CONTENTSMake sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation.
Find out about the threats and hazards in your area.California Earthquake AuthorityGet peace of mind.
Make sure you know what shelter-in-place means!The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. DETERMINE ESCAPE ROUTESFind two ways out of each room in your home and know your neighborhood evacuation routes.


REMOVE FIRE HAZARDS AND INSTALL SMOKE ALARMSKeep items that catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot and stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Create Defensible Space: Defensible Space is the buffer you create by removing dead plants, grass and weeds. STOP, DROP AND ROLLIf your clothes catch on fire, STOP where you are, DROP to the ground and ROLL over and over to smother the flames.
Call the fire department from a neighbor's house or a cell phone once you're safely outside.
If you smell gas, hear gas escaping, see a broken gas line, or if you suspect a leak, shut off the main valve and open all windows and doors. It is unlikely that emergency response services will be able to immediately respond to everyone's needs after a major disaster, so it is important to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family. Have a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, and a well-stocked first aid kit.
Alternatively, the American Red Cross and other companies sell pre-made supply kits of various sizes to make preparedness simple. First check yourself for injuries then assist others based on your level of first aid training. Prepare a list of family members, friends, boarding facilities, veterinarians and pet-friendly hotels to shelter your pets in an emergency. You can also learn what to do in response to a specific disaster.AlertSFAlertSF is a text-based notification system for San Francisco's residents and visitors. Earn points and gain Super Power Badges as you successfully complete tasks in the real world.



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